Aboriginal rock art dating
They taught some of the Bininj how to paint and other Bininj learned by copying Mimi art.
At the end of their journeys, some Creation Ancestors put themselves on rock walls as paintings and began djang (dreaming places).
The paintings provide a fascinating record of Aboriginal life over thousands of years.
With paintings up to 20,000 years old, this is one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world.
For more information download the Kakadu rock art fact sheet.
There are many rock art sites open to the public in Kakadu National Park.
There are also many archaeological sites in Kakadu that reflect how Bininj/Mungguy have managed the country over thousands of years.Some of these paintings are andjamun (sacred and dangerous) and can be seen only by senior men or women. Rock art remains relevant to Bininj/Mungguy as the works depict objects still used, animals still hunted, and activities people still do.The rock art in Kakadu was painted for a number of reasons.You can see hand stencils like this at Ubirr and Naguluwurr.Several naturally occurring minerals are used to make the basic colours common in rock paintings.